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Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in South Africa

The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in South Africa provides students who attend with an exciting and wide-ranging study of its tumultuous past, its current political climate and the cultural issues facing this emerging nation.

At the program, students are afforded special access to embassy officials, local dignitaries and foreign policy experts, and take part in engaging activities and group discussions with peers.  You will experience the sights, sounds, people and places that make up this exotic and historic land, and gain a new perspective as you contemplate your own future and the role you will play as a global leader.

Dates & Schedule: 

Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy
South Africa 2016

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Tuition and Pricing Info:
2016 Program Pricing
South Africa
Tuition: $3,395
Optional Extension: $1,495


Core Program
Program Start/Arrival Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
     Arrival City: Johannesburg (JNB)
Core Program End Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
     Core Program Departure City: Durban (DUR)

Optional Extension*
*For students participating in the Optional Extension, transportation between Durban and Kruger National Park AND between Kruger National Park and Johannesburg is included in the package price.  All students will depart at the same time via bus on the final day of the Optional Extension. Return airfare from Johannesburg to scholar’s final destination is not included.

  • Optional Extension Start Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Optional Extension Departure Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
  • Optional Extension Departure City: Johannesburg (JNB)
Safety & Travel: 

Safety and Supervision

Should I be concerned about safety in a foreign country?

Your safety is our first priority. As a result, Delegations are highly structured and thoroughly evaluated for quality and safety. We will not bring you into areas where we think your safety might be in question. If conditions exist or arise that make it impossible for us to offer a safe program, we will alter the itinerary and re-route the program to safer regions. ISLP adheres to international travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and the in-country U.S. Embassy. All U.S. scholars are registered with the U.S. Embassy in the destination country prior to their departure.

Do I need any immunizations?

We suggest that scholars consult the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization current recommendations regarding international travel. The most current information can be found at www.cdc.gov and www.who.int. We also recommend that you check with your physician or local health care facility to inquire about any health concerns or immunization options.

Will there be an on-site nurse?

No. You should plan to bring any medication along that you think you might need (i.e. cold medication, anti-diarrhea, fever, etc.). Of course, in the rare occurrence that you may need medical attention, we will assist you in getting to a doctor or hospital.

Will I be expected to follow rules such as curfews on the Program?

Since this is an academic program, there is an established Code of Conduct. This exists to ensure the highest level of safety, education and enjoyment for all scholars. Further, we do ask that scholars take into consideration the intense academic nature of the Program, and as a result, we expect them to be well-rested and focused during the daily program. We ask scholars to remember that they are serving as ambassadors when they visit another country. As such, it is imperative that all scholars keep in mind the importance of their conduct when traveling. Our hosts and speakers are expecting prepared, motivated and well-informed high-caliber scholars. Please refer to the Information, Release and Agreement on the back of the Enrollment Application.

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Preparing for Travel in a Foreign Country

What assistance will be available to prepare for the Program?

Once you are enrolled, you can expect to receive communications with all the information necessary to prepare for your journey, including packing suggestions, suggested attire, currency exchange information, travel documents, academic preparation and useful travel tips.

Also, as we rely heavily on our web site to communicate important information, it would be a good idea once registered to stop by regularly to check for updates and drop by the message boards to hear the latest news.

Prior to enrollment you can also contact us by e-mail at any time at admissions@scholarlaureate.org.

What type of clothing should I bring?

For most professional activities, business casual is what you would want to wear. For example, men would feel comfortable in khakis or dress pants with a button-down shirt and women would be completely appropriate in a skirt or dress pants with a nice blouse or top. During certain program components, more professional attire may be required and during some cultural and leisure activities you may want to be more casual. Well in advance of your departure, we will get you specific details about what you should plan to pack so that you will have what you need in order to be appropriately dressed.

Are language skills going to be an issue at all?
Will there be any basic conversational language training during the Program?

While we do not expect fluency in your host country’s language or even basic proficiency, as all world travelers know, every bit of your host countries language that you do know will increase your overall experience. But again, the only language requirement is to speak fluent English and there is no language training offered during the Program. Bear in mind that each delegation will have guides fluent in the host language during all professional visits, speakers and workshops.

Will there be access to Internet?
Should I bring my cell phone or a phone card?
Each housing location will have Internet access via a business center, Wi-Fi in the lobby or in the sleeping room. Most properties now have in-room Wi-Fi available, but occasionally there may be an exception. Most properties do charge a fee to use the Internet and this fee is not included in the price of tuition. Keep this in mind if you need to use the Web during your travels. For telephone communication, most students now travel with a cell phone (check with your provider on rates as they can add up quickly) or a calling card. Another option for Internet or cell phone access is to purchase a local Wi-Fi device or local cell phone, upon arrival to your destination. More information on how to get started and researching best options can be found in the online enrollment materials.

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What's Included: 

What’s Included: Delegation on International Relations & Diplomacy in South Africa



Accommodations used during program are modern, comfortable, well-located, air conditioned, 3 star properties with en suite shower/toilet.  Extension accommodations are low impact eco-friendly tented suites with air conditioner and en suite shower/toilet.


Meals during the Core Program:
     Breakfast included daily
     8 additional meals (lunch or dinner)
Meals included during Optional Extension:
     Breakfast included daily
     3 additional meals (lunch or dinner)


All tips and taxes levied by hotels, restaurants and local governments are included. Additionally, tips to guides and drivers are included.


All programs include in-country licensed travel managers and expert facilitation by trained professionals in each program’s career focus.


Basic emergency health insurance is provided for the duration of the Program and is included in the Tuition.


All scheduled Program activities using air, train, ship and chartered motor coach transportation are included.


Airfare to and from the Program destination is not included in the cost of Tuition.

Cultural Highlights: 

Cultural Highlights:
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Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

The Apartheid Museum chronicles the rise and fall of a government sanctioned system of racial discrimination in South Africa during the 20th century.  The Museum includes over 20 individual exhibitions that consist of film footage, photographs and artifacts that reflect the emotional and historic struggle for equality in South Africa.

Cultural Excursions for Independent Exploration during free time. If desired, local guides will be available to facilitate individual purchase for admission:

Walk among the many cafés and boutiques of Nelson Mandela Square.  This lively city center has a vibrant mixture of both European and African culture to be enjoyed by all.
Attend a show at the Market Theatre – one of Johannesburg’s most influential arts center as it showcases anti-apartheid plays with the hope of healing a country through art in the 21st century.

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Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

The Face to Face Tour is a full day adventure to the Valley of a Thousand Hills to experience the semi-rural and cultural hospitality of the Zulu people.  Upon arrival in the village, a Local Community Guide will greet the group and share insight into the daily life of a Zulu villager.  Throughout the day, there will be numerous opportunities for students to interact and immerse themselves in the lives of the Zulu people. 

Cultural Excursions for Independent Exploration during free time. If desired, local guides will be available to facilitate individual purchase for admission:

The uShaka Marine World is one of the largest aquariums in the world and offers a full day of action packed marine excitement.  Choose your adventure as uShaka Marine World offers animal encounters, a water park, and a beach side.

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Kruger National Park

Cultural Excursions included in the Program:

Composed of nearly 12,000 square miles, Kruger National Park is the largest, and most prominent game reserves on the continent of Africa.  Within the gates of the park, there are more than 800 species of wild animals living in a rich and diverse habitat.

Two Full Days of Guided Bush Drives will offer the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the sights and sounds of wild Africa.  A Kruger Ranger will share unique insight into the surroundings as well as track animals for the best possible views of Africa’s famous wildlife.

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